Appalachian Trail Chaplain – Application Documents

Are you interested in becoming the 2025 Appalachian Trail Chaplain? The application below can be used to apply for either the thru-hiker position or the circuit hiker. Read the job descriptions for details.

To apply, download and complete the application form below. All applications must be received by August 15, 2024.

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Download the Disclosure Form

Download the Application

Download the Job Description for the Thru-Hiker

Download the Job Description for the Circuit Hiker

Once completed, please mail application documents to:

Appalachian Trail Chaplain Ministry
c/o New River District UMC
105 Asbury Lane
Wytheville, VA 24382

You may also email completed application to

Important: Please indicate on completed application form if you are applying for the thru-hiker or the circuit hiker position.

Reminder: Deadline for the 2025 AT Chaplain application is August 15,  2024.

For questions about the ministry or general inquiries, please email

Matt Hall, 2017 Appalachian Trail Chaplain (left), greets a fellow hiker during his thru hike. Photo by Mike DuBose, United Methodist News Service